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Trayvon Martin’s Parents to Speak at Dillard University

Travyon Martin's Parents

Written By L. Kasimu Harris | Communications and Marketing

New Orleans--Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin were working Americans, who became activists after their son, Trayvon Martin, was tragically killed in 2012. They will share their story of love, injustice and the birth of a movement at Dillard University. They are the authors of Rest in Power, The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, and will speak in Georges Auditorium inside the Professional Schools and Sciences Building on Monday, April 24. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Their lives were forever changed on a February evening in 2012 in Sanford, Florida, when Trayvon Martin, a 17 year-old high school student, was gunned down by a neighborhood watchman. Martin was walking home with candy and juice, while talking on the phone with a friend when the fatal encounter occurred. The watchman was briefly detained by the police, released and later acquitted of second-degree murder.  

“This unfortunate incident was the first time you saw on a national level, the black community really rise up again since the civil rights movement,” Jamar McNelly Chief Executive Officers, for Inspire New Orleans Schools, said. He added that even before the Black Lives Matter movement, this was the first incident of its kind that utilized social media, where the family and community rallied around the injustice. Inspire Charter Schools is one of host and McNelly is lead the organizers of this stop of the book tour. He met Fulton last fall and they’ve remained in touch. She told him that she felt extremely fortunate to be able to come and share the journey and the testimony with students in the community of New Orleans.

“Sybrina’s story has always been about empowering the next generation of scholars or the next generation of students to be successful,” McNelly said. “She’s trying to take a very unfortunate situation and do something positive in the name of her son.”

Rest in Power, is told through alternating narratives of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin that are  compelling and answers, for the first time, questions from the most intimate of sources. The convey a story of the beautiful and complex child they lost, the unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and the inspiring journey they took from grief and pain to power, and from tragedy and senselessness to meaning.

“Not since Emmett Till has a parent’s love for a murdered child moved the nation to search its soul about racial injustice and inequality. Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin’s extraordinary witness, indomitable spirit and unwavering demand for change have altered the dynamics of racial justice discourse in this country,” Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, said in advance praise of the book.

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